Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though he was a pastor of a growing church, he did what most people do:
Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integration of emotional health, a relationship with Jesus, and the classic practices of contemplative spirituality. It created nothing short of a spiritual revolution, utterly transforming him and his church.
In this best-selling book, Scazzero outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you. "The combination of emotional health and contemplative spirituality," he says, "Unleashes the Holy Spirit inside us so that we might experientially know the power of an authentic life in Christ."
©2014 Peter Scazzero (P)2015 Zondervan
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"Good, but . . . ."
There are a few things that I disagreed with based on his usage of Scripture in the Sabbath chapter.
I enjoyed the practical nature with which he was able to bring each of the issues presented to life.
There was no favorite character, but I did enjoy the authenticity of his wife.
I'm not sure how good of a movie it would be, but it would be interesting.
"Every Christian should read"
This book is simply amazing. Every Christian should definitely read this. Self Examination to the next level. I am recommending this book to the world.
"Must Read for Every Believer"
So much wealth is enclosed within this book. The idea is emotionally healthy spirituality and how it impacts our lives is non existent in the church. No wonder so many believers wonder from their faith, they never mature emotionally.
So helpful. Life changing. Inspiring. It may feel dry until chapter 6, but so worth sticking through it. I really want to get a hard copy so I can take notes and refer back!
This book has touched me deeply and has inspired me to change the ways of my past.
Essential to Every Christian is this book series. I necessity for maturity in the Kingdom of God
"Great content, read it on paper instead"
This is the missing manual for modern American Christianity. It breaks through the chains of false identity placed on primarily rural, conservative Christians and explains how spiritual maturity and emotional health are inseparable.
You can't love your neighbor if you can't break through your emotional and relational baggage to actually love well.
That said, I'd recommend the paperback version of this content for two reasons:
1. You will probably want to easily refer back to certain lists and major points.
2. The author and reader has a persistent narrative tick: he actually enunciates every single question mark in the entire book as "quote" ... "end quote", instead of simply narrating each quoted phrase with the appropriate nuance. That no one caught and coached him on this during the recording process can only mean that it was an intentional aspect of the material: you have reached emotionally healthy spirituality when you no longer want to strangle the speaker for saying "quote" ... "end quote" over. and over. and over. and over again. ;-P
This is an essential book for anyone desiring to live a spirituality healthy life. If you are even contemplating reading/listening this do it!
The amount of times the narrator says "quote" and "end quote" is enough to drive you bananas!! VERY distracting!
"Truly Life Changing"
I would recommend EHS to everyone. This is a book that forces your to dig up the past pains that continue to haunt you in your current decision making and future life. It helps you break free and make a change in the way you approach emotional health and spirituality.
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